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Angry Anderson breaks down in tears during the rock legend's first interview since his son was allegedly 'bashed to death by his friend after a night out'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/04/2019 Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia
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Australian rock legend Angry Anderson has broken his silence about the tragic death of his youngest son five months ago.

The Rose Tattoo frontman broke down in tears in his first television interview since Liam Anderson, 26, was allegedly bashed to death in a park on Sydney's northern beaches last November.

Apprentice plumber Mathew Flame, 20, was charged with his friend's murder and remains in custody.

The legendary rocker recently sat down with journalist Andrew Denton for a powerful discussion about grief, loss and resilience.

Angry Anderson smiling for the camera: Angry Anderson (right) is still devastated over the loss of his youngest son Liam (left) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Angry Anderson (right) is still devastated over the loss of his youngest son Liam (left)

In a sneak preview of the interview to be aired on Channel Seven on Tuesday night, an emotional Anderson said he raised his children to be kind.

According to court documents previously tendered to Manly Local Court, Liam tried to help his drug-affected friend before he was allegedly killed by Flame.

'The last thing he did was to be kind. Do you take any comfort from that,' Denton asked.

 'I've tried, I've tried,' a distraught Anderson wept.

Angry Anderson looking at the camera: The rock legend broke down in tears when discussing his son's death with Andrew Denton © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The rock legend broke down in tears when discussing his son's death with Andrew Denton

The rocker's son was allegedly attacked by Flame after ingesting alcohol and MDMA capsules during a long night of partying.

According to documents previously tendered to Manly Local Court, Flame fled the party after briefly losing consciousness, fearing he may have overdosed.

For his own safety, Liam begged Flame to stay and after he refused, Liam ran after him, court documents stated.

At the time of his son's death, Anderson said he had raised his children to do the right thing and look after people.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Liam Anderson was found unconscious in a Queencliff park and later died from his injuries © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Liam Anderson was found unconscious in a Queencliff park and later died from his injuries

'Liam was trying to help him,' he told The Daily Telegraph.

'He was such a decent human being.'

His ex-wife and Liam's mother Lindy added: 

'I can't believe I will never see him again... there's a big hole in my heart.'

'We're all hurting and trying to make sense of his death.' 

Flame remains in custody and will next appear in court via videolink on May 14.

a group of people posing for the camera: Angry Anderson told Andrew Denton he raised his four children (pictured with him) to be kind © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Angry Anderson told Andrew Denton he raised his four children (pictured with him) to be kind

Anderson was joined by his daughter Roxy in the Denton interview where he spoke about raising his children to be decent human beings.

'You teach far better by example than you do by instruction,' he said.

'We never part, we never leave one another without saying ''I love you first''. You know, going to work, or no matter where, a lot of the time is on the phone.'

The interview also covered his rock career spanning more than four decades.

'Rock and roll saved my soul,' he said.

The new series of Denton will premiere on Channel Seven at 9pm Tuesday. 

Angry Anderson et al. posing for the camera: Rose Tattoo frontman Angry Anderson says he taught his children to be decent human beings © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rose Tattoo frontman Angry Anderson says he taught his children to be decent human beings

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